The Trunk Gun

Trunk guns started life as the lever-action hung on a cowboy’s saddle and morphed into truck guns. They were .30-30 you kept in a rack in the back window of your truck, because, well, because. It could be for putting down an animal in pain or taking care of a (four-legged) predator on your land or because the cops are a loooong way away out in rural areas or maybe just to have because, well, because. 

It’s no big deal, it’s just your rifle. 

Gabe Saurez teaches there are two uses for a defensive firearm: Reactive, where someone attacks you, and Proactive, where the threat is out there but he/she is hunting someone else, not you. 

At this point, a fair number of people reading this are going to say “I’m not being attacked by the threat? Cool, I’m leaving,” and that might be a valid decision at the time. Just ask yourself, however, if you were the person being hunted, would you want someone qualified to step in and potentially save your life? 

Yeah, I thought so. 

Proactive situations, where we need to do more than deal with the immediate attack, are fortunately few and far between for us civilians, but when they happen, a pistol probably isn’t going to be enough. 

Which brings us to trunk guns.

Most of the time, I have something nearby that’s more than just my daily carry pistol. Why? Well, as I said before… 

  1. It’s stuff I already have. I don’t have a big budget for firearms (heck, right now, I have NO budget at all), so I have to use what I have. The CavArms rifle is LIGHT (just about 6 pounds unloaded), and I know I can hit with it out to 300 yards. 

  2. It’s enough. Look, if I can’t deal with whatever is going on with a rifle, a pistol and 3 days of food, then it’s time for the full Rockatansky

And let me add another point: If I need shelter, a knife won’t work, if I need first aid, a snack bar won’t work, and If I need a rifle, a pistol ain’t gonna cut it. Am I absolutely sure I’m going to need a rifle sometime in my life? Heck no. I’m also fairly certain I won’t need a smoke detector in my home, but I’m glad I have them.

For me, a rifle is at best a tertiary defensive firearm: If I have to defend my life, my pistol is most likely what I’ll (God forbid) have to use first, followed by the shotgun at home. The rifle is there if something really bad happens during the 40+ hours each week that I’m not at home.

I spend about 1/3 of my life away from my home. I’d like something with me that helps me get back there when things get really bad.

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